Borough are down but not out after fate sealed

Henry Farrant in bat for Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122772-3)
Henry Farrant in bat for Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122772-3)
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Simon Creal shrugged off Gosport Borough’s relegation from the Southern Electric Premier League and insisted: Worse things happen.

The Borough skipper kept a refreshing sense of perspective as the Privett Park outfit’s battle to avoid an immediate return to Hampshire League cricket ended with a 117-run loss to high-flying Fawley.

Creal admitted he was disappointed at Borough’s failure to stay up after their promotion last year.

But he is not about to lose too much sleep over it.

Creal said: ‘Of course it’s disappointing to go down but we just haven’t quite been good enough unfortunately.

‘It’s only a hobby, though. We don’t get paid to play so we try to enjoy it. Worse things happen than being relegated.

‘You do it to enjoy it on a Saturday afternoon, to get away from work for a bit and to have a beer with your mates afterwards.

‘That’s the spirit that we try to have at Gosport.

‘Fawley were very professional about what they did.

‘You could see the difference between a team at the top and one at the bottom.

‘So we’ll have another go at it next season.

‘It’s not so bad being a yo-yo team – it never gets boring!’

Chasing Fawley’s 227, Borough never looked likely to get them and despite Lee Harrop’s 48, they fell 110 all out.

Elsewhere in division three, United Services enjoyed the local bragging rights after a six-wicket win over Havant II.

Cody Henderson (four for 25) was the pick of the US bowlers as Havant II were dismissed for 131.

Shane Fergusson (62 not out) made sure the Burnaby Road outfit eased home.

Portsmouth crashed to a nine-wicket loss to Tichborne Park after their total of 190 was eaily passed.

Havant have taken their defence of the division one title to another week as they romped to a five-wicket win over Alton.

Chris Stone (59 not out) helped the champions to their target after they dismissed Alton for 151.

Ventnor’s total of 172 was nowhere near enough to defend as St Cross cruised to a seven-wicket victory.

In division two, Sarisbury Athletic reached the summit as they leapfrogged Rowledge with a fine seven-wicket win.

Pete Hammond (93 not out) steered Sarisbury home as they close in on promotion.

Hambledon’s 202 proved enough for a 22-run win over OTs & Romsey, while Burridge crashed to a 49-run loss to New Milton.